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Boy In The Boat Boy In The Boat
2007
 
Rhythm Of Love Rhythm Of Love
2001
 

DAVID WILCOX

DAVID WILCOX     (photo courtesy Stony Plain Records)

David Wilcox is a brilliant songwriter, a great singer, and one of the hottest guitar players in the world. He first made his name as a wild live performer and then as a first-rate recording artist whose work, from Out Of The Woods (1980) to his brand new release, Boy In The Boat (2007), stands the test of time.

 

After more than twenty-five years in the business including extensive touring, 5 gold or platinum albums, numerous awards, and fans everywhere its no stretch to say that David Wilcox deserves icon status. His life in music is the stuff of legend.

 

Wilcox discovered Elvis at age six, started picking guitar a couple of years later, and played his first gig to a room full of ex-convicts at age fourteen. A devoted acoustic fan, young David bought a second-hand Telecaster from a pawn shop on a whim and didnt even know how to turn on the amp when he auditioned for Ian & Sylvia. He got the gig anyway, and spent two and a half years in their band, The Great Speckled Bird, backing the likes of Anne Murray, Charlie Rich and Carl Perkins on Ians weekly TV Show.

 

David recalled one particular memory of that time: We were headlining at Carnegie Hall and the only instruments were two acoustic guitars, played by Ian and me. I had an exceptional night and Ian was kind enough to introduce me twice. Both times the audience response was really warm and appreciative. Although I knew that I hadnt arrived or whatever, it was a wonderful affirmation that I could have a career in music.

 

Wilcox led his first big-time band, David Wilcox And The Teddy Bears, in the mid 70s, hitting stages as a flashy character with an oversized waxed moustache, a baggy suit and a flower in his lapel. For the first time, he began performing original material. Over the years hes written an extremely broad variety of songs like Old Cats and Dont Let The Devil Take The Beat From The Lord.

 

In the early 80s, Wilcox shed the moustache and suit, truly hitting his stride. Wherever he played he left a trail of club and concertgoers whod danced, drank, clapped, stomped and shouted their way to a great time. With consistent radio play for his songs, audiences were soon calling out for Hot, Hot, Papa, Riverboat Fantasy and other classic favorites.

 

Wilcox became a huge phenomenon on the college circuit, playing more than 300 dates a year and earning awards from COCA (Canadian Organization of Campus Activities) for Entertainer Of The Year (1985) and Contemporary Music Recording Attraction (1987). He was later honored with membership in their Hall Of Fame. At the time he was the highest grossing campus performer in Canada.

 

During these years, David led a rather excessive lifestyle. On his first three EMI albums, Out Of The Woods (1980), My Eyes Keep Me In Trouble (1983), Bad Reputation (1984) he sang from experience about sex (The Grind), drugs (Riverboat Fantasy) and rock and roll (That Hypnotizin Boogie) and even documented the gossip fostered by such pursuits (Bad Apple and Bad Reputation).

 

In the late 80s Wilcox continued to develop as a recording artist, moving from his gritty, live-in-the-studio roots to more produced synthesizer-anddrum program modern rock. The albums from this era, Breakfast At The Circus (1987), The Natural Edge (1989) are stylish and textured but the songs shine through as well as ever. The witty double-entendres of Layin Pipe, the sad requiem of The Song He Never Wrote, Lay Down In Your Arms are key examples. Thirteen Songs, released in 1996, featured acoustic-based music played with a small band. Wilcox embraced everything from sax-and-organ jazz (Rainy Night Saloon) to country storytelling (Shotgun City) to deep blues (Three Past Midnight). Not to mention God Is On A Bender which may be one of the best songs he has ever done, period.

 

The year 2000 found David recording Rhythm Of Love, for Stony Plain Records of Edmonton a CD that reflected the compelling, hard-rocking sound of his first electric bands. I Need A Vice is a clever, sharply observed confession; High-Water Rising a beautiful soul ballad with some subtle, irresistible guitar work, and Rhythm Of Love is a percolating shuffle.

 

In 2003 Stony Plain issued a great compilation CD titled Rockin The Boogie; Best of Blues And Boogie. Apart from featuring some new tracks, such as the aptly titled Cant Stop Rockin the CD focused on Wilcoxs blues-and-boogie side. Canadas Olympic gold-medal winning skaters, Sal and Pelletier, have frequently used the title track for one of their most popular routines.

 

With the release of Davids new CD, Boy In The Boat his music has come full circle. Its a daring mix of diverse roots influences coupled with his remarkable style. The result? Something not only original but steeped in the raw funky tradition his fans have come to know and love. Tough but soulful; cool but passionate the music keeps growing without losing its fiery edge.

 

I wanted to make a record as freely as possible. My first albums were done with no adult supervision; no concerns with current trends or marketing, just a group of people making music for the pure joy of it. With this one, we took that approach. Wilcox goes on to recall: There is an afternoon Ill always remember when I was a child me and my little red Motorola radio. In the basement, if they played a record by a male singer I pretended it was me. If the singer was a woman I pretended I was the guitar player. Little did I know that Id be blessed with a career in music! Years later that memory sustains me, keeping my pure love of music alive. If I ever start feeling jaded or pressured to conform, that kid lost in the music brings me back to myself.

 

Boy In The Boat is a superb new recording from a truly original artist. Check it out!

 

 

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